By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The Ogun State House of Assembly has reinstated the suspended Chairmen of the 20 Local Government Councils and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the State,with the charge to ensure proper accountability of all financial records in their respective Councils.
The Assembly said having looked into various petitions on allegations of financial misappropriation and non performance levelled against them they are hereby reinstated to continue discharging their duties and ensure proper financial records.
The Assembly’s directive was consequent upon the passage of a resolution titled, “HR No./043/ OG/2019- Report of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, in Respect of the Suspended Political Office Holders in all the Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas Across the State”.
The passage of the resolution came shortly after Hon. Akeem Balogun presented the Committee’s report and moved the motion for its adoption, as seconded by Hon. Bolanle Ajayi and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote.
The report partly stated, “following the receipt of various petitions on allegations of financial misappropriation and non performance levelled against the Chairmen of the 57 Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas in the State, the 8th Legislature via House Resolution 018/2019 on Friday, May 31, 2019 suspended all political office holders in all the Local Government Councils and LCDAs in the State”.
Subsequent to series of investigations by the Assembly, the House noted that, in view of its commitment to participatory democracy and promotion of democratic ideals at all levels of government, saying;
“All the Local Government Councils and LCDAs were short-changed in terms of allocation from the Federation Account by the immediate past administration in the State, while it was also detected that each of the LGs and LCDAs only obtained the sum of Twelve Million Naira (N12m) each, paid in six months instalments for the entire period of thirty (30) months under review.
‘’Majority of the Chairmen were found guilty of complacency and docility in the face of constitutional breach on their official rights and finances by the immediate past administration in the State, as well as failing to keep proper records of activities of their councils and violated procedural rules and financial guidelines expected of them”.
Consequently, the Assembly recommended that those Chairmen found culpable be referred to the appropriate agencies of government for further investigations.
In another development, the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo has called on the State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, as well as the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), to immediately install barriers on both sides of the Ososa Bridge, on the Sagamu-Benin Express way, with reflective traffic signals to alert road users of the danger spot, with a view to averting any further loss of lives on the failed portion of the bridge.
Oluomo, who noted that though the road belongs to the Federal Government, gave the directive while responding to the submissions of members including; Kemi Oduwole, Lamidi Musefiu, Abayomi Fasuwa, Bolanle Ajayi, Sylvester Abiodun, Adegoke Adeyanju, Bello Atinuke, Ganiyu Oyedeji and Oludaisi Elemide after they called for urgent government’s intervention on bad portions of the road that have claimed lives of unsuspecting motorists in recent times.
The Speaker acknowledged the present administration’s efforts at providing palliative measures on roads across the State, attributing the deplorable State of the roads to long years of neglect by past administration.
Oluomo, however appealed to citizens of the State to bear with government, as full road construction and rehabilitation would commence immediately the rain subsides.